Target: Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial
Goal: Stop providing ticket deals for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which have a long history of animal abuse
The popular online deal site, LivingSocial, continues to promote Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus despite receiving information from PETA about their long history of animal abuse.
In late 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fined Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, $270,000 for dozens of violations under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Yet, Ringling still continuously fails to meet the minimum federal standards for the care of their exhibition animals.
PETA’s video recordings reveal the gruesome truth behind their exact training methods. In order to get elephants to comply with orders, for example, they are repeatedly hit with bullhooks on sensitive parts of their bodies, such as the head and ears. They are also bound with ropes and kept in filthy and poorly ventilated boxcars for extended periods of time–sometimes for as long as 60 to 100 hours at a time when the circus travels. Many former employees, including a retired trainer named Sam Haddock, have also come forward to certify that these animals are trained violently and not through a reward system as the circus likes to claim.
This must be stopped. By providing customers with online deals, LivingSocial continues to promote Ringling Bros. By signing this petition, you are demanding LivingSocial to cancel their promotional offers, so that we can ensure a future for these animals.
Dear Tim O’Shaughnessy,
I am extremely disappointed to see that LivingSocial is still promoting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus has a long history of animal abuse and was recently fined $270,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its violations of the Animal Welfare Act. To date, this is the largest penalty ever assessed against a circus.
The animals have to go through repeated abuse in order to be trained to perform. Elephants, for example, are kept in horrible living conditions and are often hit in the head with sharp tools. In response, many corporations are choosing to distance themselves from Ringling. MasterCard, Visa, Whole Foods, among many other large companies, have already terminated their sponsorships.
Now it is your turn. By continuously offering online deals, you are providing Ringling with more business. Please cancel your promotional offers in order to secure a humane future for these animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit via Kito:An Elephant’s Life